About Us


In 1975, Joe O’Brien, had the vision of providing quality steel products with exceptional customer service and O’Brien Steel Service was born. Joe’s motto was “BE EASY TO BUY FROM” and since that first day in 1975, O’Brien Steel has made that motto the cornerstone of our foundation. We remain a family owned and operated company which now spans three generations and still focusing on Joe’s motto. What truly sets O’Brien steel apart from the competition is our team of professionals that embraces our desire to make servicing you, the customer our top priority.

The original operation was started in a very modest Quonset hut in East Peoria, IL. By 1978, O’Brien Steel had quickly outgrown that small facility and moved across the river to Peoria, into the former Hyster Building. This location still serves as the company headquarters today. From the beginning, Joe made it a priority to reinvest into the company so that O’Brien Steel would remain strong well into the future. This still holds true as improvements to our equipment, facilities, and systems are routinely made to further the value opportunities for our customers’ changing needs.

In 2012, O’Brien Steel achieved growth through the acquisition of Wausau Steel and added another facility in Milwaukee. In January of 2016, O’Brien Steel acquired the assets of Meta Tec in Lacon, IL and greatly broadened the processing services that we can now competitively provide.

Over the years, O’Brien Steel has evolved into a “hybrid” Steel Service Center. Not only do we have an extensive inventory of carbon steel products, we also provide the industry with extraordinary plate cutting and secondary processing capabilities. With the addition of the Meta Tec Division, our processing capabilities now include precision machining of very large, complex fabricated structures. Our versatility provides an abundance of options to our customers, allowing them to best utilize their own resources. With our high quality steel products, safe production measures, and personalized customer care, we are proud to serve the most elite manufacturers in the world.

Along with our attentiveness to SAFETY and QUALITY, we also focus on DELIVERY and SERVICE excellence. By owning and maintaining our own fleet of trucks, we have the flexibility that enables us to provide timely and reliable deliveries to our customers. Please take a look at our Products and Processing pages to get a better idea of how we can serve your steel needs and contact one of our sales professions with your steel requirements.

O’Brien Steel is registered to ISO 9001:2008 for Quality, ISO 14001:2004 for Environment and OSHAS 18001:2007 for Safety.

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